It’s easy to laugh at the Raku Raku III phone with its built in pedometer (ha ha), but it could actually be useful I suppose. ‘The pedometer is activated even while the phone is being carried in a handbag, etc. By setting the user’s weight and length of stride, distance walked and calories consumed can be calculated and displayed on screen.Furthermore, the pedometer function is integrated with the handset mailing system. Email messages indicating the amount of walking, and corresponding…Read More
Monthly Archives: October 2003
The Idea a Day site. Provides…er…one copyright free, user submitted idea every day. Fun. ‘Manufacture a device which projects numerous little points of light onto a ceiling. Using a computer program, these can be arranged in such a way that they form the firmament of stars in the exact geographical position of the viewer, at that season and time of the night. The device would allow the user to fall asleep indoors under a perfect starry sky.’Read More
Public Internet radio.
PublicRadioFan.com is a fabulous listing of Internet radio stations, including a very useful ‘what’s on now’ section on the front page. Awesome, bookmark it!Read More
Divided by the same language?
Great letter from American Ferret reader, Brad: ‘Dear Ferret, I love the site, but as a Yank, have been occasionally confused by the odd Britishism: recent examples including “boffin” “naff” and “taking the mickey.” You might recommend that your similarly bollixed readers reference http://harmsy.freeuk.com/mwpcf/dictionarybottom.htm, which showed me that the preceding mean “intelligent person,” “terrible,” and “to tease.” Now, your site no longer leaves me at sixes and sevens, it’s actually a doddle, which is brill because it’s fab. I can…Read More
Supersphere. ‘Integrating live web-casting technologies, both video and audio, Supersphere is a global experiment in bringing independently produced media to our contemporaries and peers.’ Sort of an anti mass media? The big question of course is what happens if it becomes super successful? Is it then part of the mass media? Will it IPO and join The Man? All these questions and more in tomorrow’s edition of ‘Lonesome Road.’Read More
These Californian fires are nasty. If you want to see exactly how bad they are, take a look at this amazing report site which uses satellite data to plot the various outbreaks.Read More
I was SURE that I’d featured the Wheelman before, but could I find it? Whatever, here it is anyway. (Thanks Ben!). Looks like it could be fun but rather dangerous, but what do I know?Read More
PCs of tomorrow.
Nigel Prescott offers an absolutely gigantic round up of the latest in SFF (small form factor) computers which he found at Computex in Taipai, Taiwan this year. It is in effect a look at the PCs of tomorrow, as it’s quite clear that these tiny machines are the way the industry is going (as we’ve said before!).Read More
Zen and the art of music players.
*Sigh*. Yes I know that I wasn’t going to feature any more of these bloomin’ MP3 jukebox things, but the Creative Zen NX is really quite pretty. And it’s got a fast USB 2.0 link. And a long 14 hour playback per charge. And it’s cheaper than an iPod. OK? So sue me. :-)Read More
13 year old Ellie-G has set up her own web site which features a new craze called Bluejacking. What is Bluejacking, I hear you ask. Well, in the lady’s own words – ‘Bluejacking is when you send vCards and pictures etc. from your Bluetooth enabled device (most commonly mobile phones) to other Bluetooth devices in the vincinity. For example: On their phone, a message could popup saying “‘Hello, you’ve been bluejacked’ received via Bluetooth” or something along those lines. For…Read More
Sixpence no more.
What the stressed exec really needs is not a Porsche but a Penny-Farthing bicycle. Theirs for a mere $149.00.Read More
The PlayLouder MSP ‘is the world’s first ISP network to license from music companies the right for its subscribers to download and stream music from other subscribers.’ Anyway I think that the idea is to charge a file sharing subscription and then let kids swap a specially licensed selection of music at will across the ISP’s broadband network. The big question is why would anyone want to pay up for this? What with Napster relaunching, and iTunes coming to Windows…Read More
Look, I don’t care what anyone else says, the Nokia 7700 is NOT a phone, it’s a PDA. With a phone bit included. Reminds me a bit of the vapourware nVoy concept, except I think that the nVoy looked nicer. Nokia’s hunting Palm, and I don’t mean reading them either.Read More
1GB and counting.
The new Disgo 1GB flash memory drive? Oh no, no, Rhett, will this madness never stop?Read More
Here’s a great thread on Kuro5hin which provides a gazillion links for downloading and listening to music which is legal and yet not supporting the RIAA. Tons and tons of stuff. Bookmark it or copy the links to a permanent location for future reference (and let us know here)? The more choice there is out there, the better.Read More